A guide to claiming for a fatal accident at work? – How Much Compensation – What Can Be Claimed For?

By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated 20th July 2021. Hello and welcome to our guide, where we will be discussing fatal accident at work claims. Throughout the course of this guide, we are going to discuss fatal accident at work compensation claims, provide free legal advice, and discuss how our team could assist you.

If someone you love has been involved in a fatal accident at work, you will, no doubt, be feeling incredibly emotional and upset about it all. There have been some horrific workplace accidents over the years in the UK, leaving families without loved ones. If you find yourself in this scenario, you will be able to launch a personal injury claim. This is something we can help you to do at Accident Claims UK. Our specialist solicitors have many years of experience in fatal accident claims and an exceptional track record for getting people the maximum compensation they deserve. You can reach us on 0800 073 8801. But before you do, make sure you read our fatal accident claims guide below to discover everything you need to know about fatal accident at work compensation.

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A guide to claiming for fatal workplace accidents

If someone you love has been involved in a fatal workplace accident, you may be feeling at a bit of a loss when it comes to making a fatal accident at work compensation claim. That is why we decided to put this guide together. We will explain everything that is required for securing a fatal accidents act bereavement award, as well as how much compensation you may get for funeral expenses and other damages. From work accidents videos to medical reports, we will also explain how to build a strong case, as well as discussing the different types of fatal construction accidents and accidents in other industries that can occur. If you need more information, you will find our contact details at the end of this fatal accident at work claims guide.

What is a fatal accident at work?

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Fatal Accident at Work Claims

A fatal accident at work relates to any incident that has happened in the workplace and caused someone to lose his or her life as a consequence. The person may have passed away instantly, or he/she may have died later in hospital due to their injuries. But the victim’s family could still claim for fatal accident at work compensation.

What is a dependency claim?

Dependency personal injury claims are launched for individuals who depended on the deceased financially. If your loved one was the breadwinner in the family, you could launch a dependency claim for financial support. These claims are usually launched by the next of kin, for instance, the husband or wife of the person that has passed away and/or their children. It is important to note that civil partnerships are recognised.

There is typically a specific calculation that is used to work out the fatal accident at work compensation you receive. The only exceptions relate to incidents whereby the deceased supported his/her dependents in an unusual way or particular pattern before their death. If this is not the case, what the person who has passed away would have accumulated for the rest of his or her life, including any pension provisions and future promotions, is considered. They will then look at how this money would have been spent on the dependents to figure out a fair compensation amount.

Statistics regarding fatal accidents

The UK Government has released figures regarding workplace deaths in the UK. According to RIDDOR, there were 142 workers killed in the 2020/21 period. Any of those could potentially result in a fatal accident at work claims. The graphs below have been sourced via the HSE Gov UK website:

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Who can make a claim if someone they love has died in an accident at work?

Those who want to make fatal accident claims personal injury must fall into one of the following categories:

  • A dependent of the deceased
  • A non-dependent family member of the deceased
  • The estate of the deceased

If you are unsure whether or not you qualify for fatal accident at work compensation based on your position, please do not hesitate to give us a call for more information, and we will be happy to explain further.

The UK’s jobs with the most danger

Of course, fatal work falls can happen in any industry, but some jobs are more dangerous than others. This includes the following:

  • Farming and agriculture
  • Building and construction
  • Scaffolding and roofing
  • HGV drivers
  • Painting, decorating, and joinery
  • Vehicle repair workers and mechanics
  • Plumbers, electricians, and other fitters
  • Civil engineering
  • Waste collection

Different scenarios that lead to death in the workplace

Some many different incidents and scenarios can result in fatal accidents in the workplace. And consequently, this could result in fatal accident at work claims being made. So, this includes the following:

  • Being hit by an object
  • Electrocution
  • Falls
  • Exposure
  • Becoming trapped by an object
  • Being hit by a vehicle

Claiming when someone has died from an object striking them

In the paragraph above, we explained some of the different situations that can result in someone suffering a fatal incident while at work, as well as how this could lead to claims for fatal accident at work compensation. Now, we will expand on a few of them, starting with being struck by an object. If something has been dropped from a height, it can easily have fatal consequences. This is more common in larger construction sites and jobs involving manual labour.

However, it can still happen in non-manual roles, although the danger is minimal. Most commonly, though, incidents resulting in death are caused on construction sites because of the big number of tools and equipment etc., that are used and carried, especially in scaffolding. You also need to factor in the weather and how high the structures may be too.

Claiming when someone has died from electrocution

Electrocution is another common reason for fatal work accidents, especially in practical professions, although such accidents can happen in several different roles. In modern buildings today, electrical power supplies present an evident risk. Perhaps, unsurprisingly, electricians are most at risk. The employer could be blamed for such a fatal accident if the proper training or tools were not provided to the employee or if the risks were not explained. To launch a successful claim, you need to show that the company that the individual worked for is to blame because they failed to adhere to the health and safety regulations in place.

Claiming when someone has died from a fall

Falling over or slipping in the workplace is common, and such incidents can often be fatal if the person has suffered an injury to the head. This is why trade unions fight hard for safer workplaces. These incidents are common in both non-manual and manual labour. For instance, a fall could happen in an office building due to a wet floor. A fall could also happen on a construction site if scaffolding has not been erected properly. Read on to learn more about how such scenarios could instigate fatal accident at work claims.

Steps to take if someone you love has been involved in a fatal work accident

To get bereavement compensation, you will need to build a strong case. Read on to discover what evidence will work well when claiming fatal accident at work compensation:

Medical report– There is only one place to begin, and this is with the medical report. The doctor will make a record of your loved one’s injuries and what caused their death. This is vital when making a claim, as it will be used to determine how much money you will get.

Witness statements– It is always a good idea to get the contact details of anyone that witnessed the fatal accident at work. If they provide you with a statement this will really help to strengthen your case.

Photographs– If you have any photographs of your loved one’s injuries and/or the damage at the scene, keep a hold of these. Fatal work accidents pictures and industrial accidents videos can help strengthen your case.

Proof of dependency – You will need to show that you depended on the person that has passed away financially.

Proof of expenses– Last but not least, you will have the possibility to secure damages for any costs you have had to pay during the process, such as loss of income and counselling costs. However, you will need proof of this.

Time limits on fatal accident at work claims

If someone you love has suffered a fatal accident at work, likely, you will already have enough on your mind without having to worry about making a compensation claim. You will be grieving, and a claim can seem like too much to handle. This is understandable. Nevertheless, it would help if you didn’t wait too long to get in touch with one of the best accident lawyers, and here are the reasons why…

Firstly, there is a three-year time limit on all personal injury cases. This is something many people are not aware of, and, unfortunately, they learn the hard way. The three years starts from the date of the accident, and court proceedings must be issued within the time frame. Therefore, if you’re loved one was involved in a workplace accident on 17th July 2016, you will have until 17th July 2019 to make your claim. There are some exceptions to this rule, and this relates to instances where there is no accident date, i.e. the injuries have occurred over time, such as industrial disease. In these instances, you will have three years from the date the person passed away instead.

Aside from the personal injury claims time limit, another reason why you should consider making your claim sooner rather than later is because you will find it much easier to make a strong case. The details are going to be fresh in your mind. Moreover, your solicitor will find it a lot easier to gather crucial evidence, such as witness statements. After a couple of years, the contact details for the witnesses may not be the same, or the witness may not remember the incident very well. Hence the need to file fatal accident at work claims within three years.

What damages can I claim for when making a fatal accident at work claim?

When claiming for a fatal accident at work, there are several different damages you will be able to secure compensation for. This includes all of the following:

  • Funeral costs – This includes all of the expenses that are directly related to organising the funeral for the person that has passed away, for example, the cost of the funeral ceremony, the gravestone, and the coffin.
  • Medical costs – This includes any costs that your loved one encountered medically before passing away, especially private healthcare.
  • Special damages – This includes any costs that you have sustained because of what has happened, for example, loss of future income and loss of any property because of the incident.
  • General damages – This includes emotional suffering and any psychological trauma you have experienced due to losing a loved one. General damages are hard to measure.

How much compensation for death of family member? – Updated July 2021

We often get phone calls from people asking us how much compensation for death at work? While we are more than happy to explain the sort of compensation you may receive, it is important to recognise that providing a 100 per cent accurate death compensation calculation is not possible. This is because all cases are assessed on an individual basis. What we have done, though, is put together a table below, which states the average payout for most fatal accident at work claims. This should give you an idea regarding the sort of figure you are looking at. If you have used a personal injury claims calculator online elsewhere, please note that this will only ever give you an extremely loose estimate, so please do not pin all of your hopes on the fatal accident at work compensation amount presented.

Injury sustainedExtra notes about the accidentTypical payout awarded
Injuries resulting in deathMental Anguish. Fear of impending death.£4,380
Injuries resulting in deathImmediate Unconsciousness/Death within One Week£1,290 to £2,620
Injuries resulting in deathImmediate Unconsciousness/Death after Six Weeks£3,530 to £4,120
Injuries resulting in deathFollowed by Unconsciousness£9,870 to £10,010
Injuries resulting in deathFull Awareness£11,700 to £22,350
Funeral expensesPlease call for further insightPlease call for further insight
Bereavement awardPlease call for further insightPlease call for further insight
Dependency awardPlease call for further insightPlease call for further insight
Costs and lossesPlease call for further insightPlease call for further insight

Hopefully, you now have a better idea regarding the fatal accident compensation amount you may receive. However, if you would like more information on fatal accident dependency calculations and such, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

No win, no fee payment structure

Here at Accident Claims UK, all the panel solicitors we offer operate on the often misunderstood No Win No Fee way. There are many benefits associated with going for a No Win No Fee solicitor, as you will discover below:

  • Financial risk is minimised – This is the main reason why so many people are turning towards No Win No Fee. When you go for this service, you will only pay legal fees if your personal injury claim is successful. With other payment terms, there is often in the back of people’s minds the chance that you will invest enormous sums of money only for the solicitor to lose your case. This is a risk many people cannot afford to take, and luckily you don’t have to.
  • A better service is guaranteed – The solicitor working on your case will be impacted by the outcome, as they earn based on their performance, and so you can be sure of much better service when you go down this route. The solicitor in question will do everything in their power to ensure your case is a success.
  • No huge upfront payment – You won’t need to make a large upfront payment to start the claim process, as you would if you went for a solicitor who charged per hour or via another type of payment structure.
  • No time wasting – If you were to go for the services of a traditional solicitor, there is always the chance that they could be taking on your case to take the money offered. However, you don’t need to fret about this when going down the No Win, No Fee As pay is performance-based, you can be confident that a No Win, No Fee solicitor will not waste your time. If they do not think your case is strong enough, they will tell you.

Why choose Accident Claims UK?

When you look into hiring a personal injury solicitor, the only thing you will need to know about is our service, as we cover the whole of the UK. Having been established many years ago, you can be confident that we have all of the experience necessary to provide you with exceptional service. In fact, our team has likely worked on hundreds of cases that are like yours in many ways time and time again.

One of the things that have let us achieve status as one of the best law firms in the country is because all of our team works to a No Win, No Fee payment agreement. This presents you with a whole host of great benefits. The main advantage is, of course, financial protection. This is because you will not need to pay any legal fees if your case is not successful. This leads to knock-on benefits, as you are likely to benefit from a high-quality service, as the solicitor’s pay is performance-related. Not only this, but you do not need to make a large payment upfront to start the service, and you can be sure enough that we will never waste your time by taking on your case if we do not believe it is strong enough.

Do you still have your doubts? If so, we encourage you to browse our website. You will soon discover that we have a great reputation, and we are sure that this will put your mind at ease. We have received glowing reviews from our past clients who have previously filed fatal accident at work claims with us. If you have any further questions about working with a personal injury lawyer from our provided team, please do not hesitate to give us a call.

Contact our team today

If you are ready to claim compensation for death of family member, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team at Accident Claims UK. We have years of experience in the industry, and all of our advisors will make sure you feel at ease throughout the entire process. To discuss fatal accident at work compensation, you can reach us on our 24-hour claims line on 0800 073 8801. Alternatively, we have a live chat feature on our website, and you can see the rest of our contact details by clicking here.

Useful links

We hope you have found this guide useful in your quest to gather more information about claiming a fatal incident at work. However, we recognise that you may need some more details. These links may be of use to you…

Wrongful deaths – Claiming Advice– This brings you directly to our guide on compensation payouts for wrongful death and fatal accident compensation.

How common are fatal injuries and how do they happen– This link takes you to the UK Government Health and Safety Executive website, where you will find statistics on workplace fatal injuries in Great Britain in 2018.

Ankle Injury Claim –  take a look at our guide to learn more about ankle injury cases.

Burn Injury Guide –  have you suffered a burn injury due to the fault of a negligent third party? Why not take a look at our guide to learn more?

Fatal Accident at Work Claims FAQs

Can I claim on behalf of a loved one?

If a loved one is fatally injured in a workplace accident that wasn’t their fault, you could have grounds to claim on their behalf. In the UK, loved ones such as spouses and parents could potentially handle the claim. For more information on cases of this nature, please contact our team to learn more.

What are the top 3 causes of fatalities to workers?

The three leading causes of workplace fatalities are:

  • slips, trips and falls
  • contact with objects and equipment
  • overexertion and bodily reaction

How much compensation do you get for accidental death?

When making fatal accident at work claims, the amount of compensation will consider various factors, such as the accidents cause and the damages caused. Factors such a this will then be used to configure a compensation amount.

What is fatal injury benefit?

This is where the victim’s survivors receive the benefits relating to the claim from the fatal injury for the likes of pain and suffering, and also any financial losses.

What happens when someone dies in a car crash?

This could lead to the driver receiving criminal charges, though this isn’t always the case, and it relies on strong evidence.

How often does the average person get in a car accident?

On average, a typical motorist is said to have four car accidents in their life or around every 18 years.

At what speed is a car crash fatal?

The speed at which a car crash is almost always fatal is 70 miles per hour.

What age group has the most car accidents?

Those aged 16-17 tend to have the most crashes, though those aged 80+ are most likely to die from their injuries. However, drivers aged between 60-69 are estimated to be the safest.

Can I claim fatal accident compensation for other accidents?

If you are eligible, you could claim compensation for the loss of a loved one due to:

  • Slip, trip and fall accidents
  • Holiday accidents abroad
  • Public place accidents
  • Medical negligence
  • Criminal injury
  • Road traffic accidents

You would have to prove that someone who had liability was at fault for your loved one’s death. If you’re at all unsure whether you could make fatal accident claims, whether medical negligence claims, road traffic accident claims or other incidents, please don’t hesitate to call our team. We’d be happy to help you.

Can I claim if my loved one was murdered?

You could make a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority if your loved one died as the result of injuries inflicted in a violent crime. You could also claim if you suffered psychological injury due to witnessing your loved one being killed. Claims through the CICA have a shorter time limit than some other injury claims. The CICA time limit is usually 2 years from when the crime took place. If a child witnesses such a crime and suffers psychological injury because of it, you could claim for them. Here at Accident Claims UK, we would be able to talk you through how such claims work, and could help you start your claim to get the compensation your case deserves.

Can I claim on behalf of someone who hasn’t died?

If your loved one was rendered incapable of claiming for themselves, but not fatally injured in an accident at work, you could make a claim on their behalf for personal injury compensation. We could help you do so.

Thank you for taking the time to read our guide on fatal accident at work claims. We hope you have learned a lot about claiming fatal accident at work compensation.